How to Make a CS 1.6 Dedicated Server

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How to Make a CS 1.6 Dedicated Server
Computer Gamer setting up a Counter Strike 1.6 server. (eurolan 10 image by Nathalie P from

Counter-Strike 1.6 is a popular first-person shooter computer game. Originally a modification of Valve Software's award-winning Half Life game, Counter-Strike exploded with popularity and has been a standard for online shooter games. Counter-Strike games are hosted online through the Steam platform, a downloadable client that connects its users to online games as well as a community of other gamers. Dedicated servers for Counter-Strike must be configured with certain features that allow for compatibility with the Steam client.

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Things you need

  • Counter-Strike 1.6

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  1. 1

    Open Windows Notepad. Save the blank document with the name "server.cfg" by clicking "File > Save As..." from the top pull-down menu.

  2. 2

    Paste the following information into your Notepad file:

    // hostname - The server name displayed on the Steam client

    hostname "Dedicated CS 1.6 Server"

    // rcon_password - An administration password to connect to the server remotely

    rcon_password "AdminPassword"

    // mp_buytime <seconds> - Duration of weapons purchasing at game start

    mp_buytime 1.0

    // mp_startmoney <money> - Amount of money per player at game start

    mp_startmoney 900

    // mp_c4timer <seconds> - C4 explosion countdown

    mp_c4timer 30

    // mp_timelimit <minutes> - Map rotation time limit

    mp_timelimit 25

    // mp_freezetime <seconds> - Player freeze duration at the game start

    mp_freezetime 5

    // sv_cheats <0/1> - Whether to allow game cheat commands to be used by clients. 0 = off | 1 = on

    sv_cheats 0

    // sv_maxrate <1000-25000> - Maximum bandwidth of server to client

    sv_maxrate 10000

    // sv_pausable <0/1> - Client pause control - 0 = off, 1 = on

    sv_pausable 0

    // sv_region <1-7> - The region of the world to report the server in.

    sv_region 1

    Save the changes and place the "server.cfg" file on your Desktop.

  3. 3

    Download the HLDS Update Tool from the Steam official website (see "Resources"). Run and install the tool to the default directory (C:\Program Files\Valve\HLServer).

  4. 4

    Start the Windows Command Prompt from the Start Menu. Click "Start > Program Files > Accessories > Command Prompt".

  5. 5

    Type in the following line in the Command Prompt and hit enter:

    cd C:\Program Files\Valve\HLServer

    This command will navigate you to the "HLServer" folder in the MS Dos Prompt.

  6. 6

    Enter the following command to update and install Counter-Strike 1.6:

    HldsUpdateTool.exe -command update -game cstrike -dir .

    The installation process will take several minutes and will notify you with an "HLDS installation up to date" message when the process is complete.

  7. 7

    Copy and paste the "Server.cfg" file you created from Steps 1 and 2 into the "cstrike" folder. (C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\Email\counter-strike\cstrike) Copy the file by clicking on it and pressing "Ctrl + C". Paste the file by browsing to the "cstrike" folder through the Windows Explorer file browser and pressing "Ctrl + V."

  8. 8

    Type in the following two commands to run your server from the Windows Command Prompt:

    cd C:\Program Files\Valve\HLServer

    hlds.exe -console -game cstrike -autoupdate +maxplayers 20

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